Protester arrested for strapping himself to excavator

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Blacksburg man is in custody after blocking Mountain Valley Pipeline construction on Friday.

Michael James-Deramo was strapped to an excavator for over six hours before he was detained.

Deramo’s protest took place just a few miles away from an ongoing tree sit at Yellow Finch Lane, where protesters have been living since September 5, 2018.

No word on any charges filed against the protester.

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